Mysterious Nativity

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The program of the record Mysterious Nativity was born from the companionship that unites Les Métaboles with the composer Dimitri Tchesnokov. Released in 2014 with Brilliant Classics, it’s at the origin of this concert. The extremely hieratic aspect of the sound of the choir in this program makes one forget that the works are exclusively from the 20th and 21st centuries. This program is truly representative of Les Métaboles, which upholds the choral repertoire of all eras, including recent masterpieces little-known in France. Thus, the choir music of the elder of composers, Georgy Sviridov – almost born with the Russian Revolution in 1916 – extremely renowned in Russia but rarely sung in France, is represented with his sublime Mysterious Nativity.

The Three Sacred Songs by Dimitri Tchesnokov are his first work for a choir. The Russian born composer had in mind the Three Sacred Hymns composed in 1984 by his compatriot Alfred Schnittke.

O Salutaris by the Lithuanian Vytautas Miškinis is, outside of France, just as much of a classic for choirs, with its striking incantation effect placed in its centre. Incantation is also at the heart of the Sviatyï Bojede by Sviridov.

The Magnificat by Arvo Pärt, as well as the De Profundis and the Salve regina, are written in the style that made him famous and that he himself names “tintinnabuli”. Arvo Pärt is highlighting the inspiration that ringing bells represented for him. When one analyses closely their acoustic range, for a single audible pitch, they are composed of both consonances as well as dissonances.

Interlude for a solo organ in the middle of the concert, the Moto ostinato by the composer and organist Petr Eben, corresponds to the third movement of his Musica dominicalis and illustrates no less than a battle between Good and Evil, each characterized by its own theme. That of Evil, written in an improvised style, appears in different forms and tones during the piece, and ends up by prevailing over Good.

From the libretto of the record Mysterious Nativity

MYSTERIOUS NATIVITY


Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski,
L’Hymne des Chérubins opus 41, n.6
Vytautas Miškinis,
O salutaris hostia
Arvo Pärt,
Magnificat
Nunc dimittis

Georgy Sviridov,
Mysterious Nativity
Dimitri Tchesnokov,
Trois chants sacrés, opus 43
- De profundis
- Miserere
- Pater Noster 

Ave verum corpus opus 67
pour voix de femmes
Alfred Schnittke,
Trois hymnes sacrés
- Bogoroditse
- Gospodi,
- Ocenas
 
Georgy SviridovSviatyï Boje


Les Métaboles (18 to 24 singers)
Denis Comtet, organ
Léo Warynski, direction

In the press...

An exceptional sound experience

La Croix - Emmanuelle Giuliani,
 - Mysterious Nativity à Vezelay
25/08/2019

A breathtaking immersion in the sacred music of the former soviet bloc

DNA - Christian Wolff
 - Mysterious Nativity
08/10/2016

A beautiful record we recommend it to our listeners

France Musique, émission « En pistes » - Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier
 - Mysterious Nativity
12/03/2016

This version is also the audience’s favourite

France Musique « La tribune des critiques » - Jérémie Rousseau
 - Mysterious Nativity
11/10/2015

A lovely homogeneity

Classica - Bernard Dermoncourt
 - Mysterious Nativity
12/12/2014

There is no doubt as to the homogeneity of the ensemble.

Diapason
 - Mysterious Nativity
12/10/2014

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Mysterious Nativity

Mysterious Nativity
Les Métaboles

Musical direction : Léo Warynski.
CD recorded in November 2013 at La Chapelle Saint-Louis (Paris)
Artistic direction and record : Jiri Heger

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2021

August

Friday, August 6 2021 - 9 pmMysterious NativityLes semaines musicales de Quimper

From the companionship that unites Les Métaboles with composer Dimitri Tchesnokov was born the Mysterious Nativity program, composed of works of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly Russian. A program in the image of the Métaboles, which defends the choral repertoire.

Les Métaboles
Léo Warynski, musical direction

Les semaines musicales de Quimper

June

Saturday, June 12 2021 - 5 pmMysterious NativityCollège des Bernardins - Paris

From the companionship that unites Les Métaboles with composer Dimitri Tchesnokov was born the Mysterious Nativity program, composed of works of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly Russian. A program in the image of the Métaboles, which defends the choral repertoire.

Les Métaboles
Léo Warynski, musical direction

2020

November

Friday, November 14 2020Cancelled - Mysterious NativityCollège des Bernardins - Paris

From the companionship that unites Les Métaboles with composer Dimitri Tchesnokov was born the Mysterious Nativity program, composed of works of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly Russian. A program in the image of the Métaboles, which defends the choral repertoire.

Les Métaboles
Léo Warynski, musical direction

August

Tuesday, August, 11 2020 Postponed - Mysterious NativityLes musicales de Quimper

A bewitching program on the theme of the nativity, where meditation and spirituality inhabit Russian and Baltic composers in their sensitive approach to sacred texts. A moment of striking choral music.

Website Les Musicales de Quimper

2016

October

Tuesday October 4th 2016 Mysterious NativityFestival Musica - Église Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune de Strasbourg

Works for choir and organ by Pärt, Sviridov, Miskinis, Tchesnokov...
Les Métaboles
Organ
Léo Warynski, musical direction